US mosques to remain shut

World Grigory Matyunin 25-May-2020
Diyanet Centre, Maryland, US
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Mosques throughout the US are expected to remain shut despite President Donald Trump’s decision to classify them as ‘essential’ places that would be permitted to reopen.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has been ordered to put together guidance for places of worship so that they might reopen safely and their adherents might gather together as the lockdown eases.

“Ministers, pastors, rabbis, imams and other faith leaders will make sure that their congregations are safe as they gather and pray,” President Trump stated.

Yet it appears unlikely that any major mosques will open in the immediate future. Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American–Islamic Relations, stated that Muslim leaders are reluctant to expose worshippers to the risks involved in reopening places of worship at this time. “That’s a determination for them to make, not for the president to make,” he said.

A small minority of mosques will reopen with limits on attendance and social distancing.

Many mosques held online events for Eid al-Fitr, streaming virtual sermons.